The Aberdeen Central wrestling team returned from out west with five placewinners.
The Golden Eagles had five wrestlers finish among the top eight at the Rapid City Invitational, a two-day tourney that concluded on Saturday. Pierre, the defending State A champion, won the 35-team tournament with 215-1/2 points to 181-1/2 for Rapid City Central in second place. Aberdeen tied for 10th with 105 points and crowned a champion at 138 pounds.
Senior Griffin Hieb rolled through the tournament by starting out with four pins. In the championship match at 138 pounds, Griffin Hieb received a win when Caleb Stoltenburg of Pierre defaulted due to injury.
“If you go out in a 35-team tournament and pin four guys and get to the final, that’s pretty good,” said Central wrestling coach Rocky Burkett. “If there would have been a fall award at the tourney, Griffin would have gotten it.”
Hieb was in control for much of the tournament.
“He controlled his matches and when he got a chance to be on top, he could turn his opponents and get pins. He stayed focused,” said Burkett.
Junior Mitchell Johnson lost in the semifinal round at 145 pounds but picked up two more wins to finish third. He beat Kris Miller of Gillette, Wyo., 4-2 in the third place match.
After three pins at 120 pounds on Friday, junior Trevor Hieb lost in the semifinal round and again in the consolation bracket. He also lost 5-3 to Dominick Schooler of Hill City to finish sixth overall.
The Golden Eagles earned another place at 145 pounds when junior Zach Russman started off with two decisions. He was pinned in the quarterfinals, but bounced back with a win in the wrestlebacks. After a loss in the fifth round wrestlebacks, Russman pinned Matt Larson of Mitchell to earn seventh place.
The final Central place-winner was sophomore Sam Schaunaman at 220 pounds. He lost in the first round, but advanced in the wrestlebacks with a bye, a decision and a win by injury default. A pin advanced Schaunaman to the seventh place match where he was pinned by Logan Ammons of Philip.
“It was a good chance to see what a tough two-day tournament is,” said Burkett. “The state tournament is tough and two days. You have to keep battling each round and you can’t take a match off.”
The Aberdeen Central wrestlers return to action on Thursday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual at Mitchell.
l=10f=Helvetica s=6 l=6.5 Team Points: Pierre 215-1/2, Rapid City Central 181-1/2, Gillette (Wyo.) 175-1/2, Bismarck (N.D.) 163, Huron 140, Philip 139-1/2, Windsor 135-1/2, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood 128, Powell (Wyo.) 108, Aberdeen Central 105, Rapid City Stevens 105, Sturgis 96, Sioux Falls Washington 93, Winner 91, Worland (Wyo.) 83-1/2, Mandan (N.D.) 77-1/2, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona 67, Douglas 57-1/2, Riverton 55, Sheridan (Wyo.) 52, Custer 51, Mitchell 142, Torrington 40, Hot Springs 38-1/2, Fort Collins (Colo.) 33, Sioux Falls Lincoln 33, Hill City 30, Chamberlain 25, Thermopolis 17, Harding County 15, Todd County 15, Newcastle (Wyo.) 12, Belle Fourche 0, Buffalo 0, St. Thomas More 0.
|Aberdeen Central Results|
106 pounds: Josh Moore lost to Braxton Cooper, Sheridan, 8-1; def. Levi Satfner, Sturgis, 5-2; lost to Tyler Pfeifle, Rapid City Central, 4-0.
113 pounds: Seth Moore def. Rance Johnson, Philip, 9-7; pinned by Jebben Keyes, Pierre, 2:37; lost to Nathan Dressen, Rapid City Central, 6-4.
120 pounds: Trevor Hieb pinned Brandon Zachmeier, Mandan, 1:06; pinned Patrick Carr, Torrington, 3:40; pinned Tucker Gross, Sheridan, 2:40; lost to David Potratz, Washington, 6-2; lost to Hayden Hansen, Rapid City Central, 13-1; lost to Dominick Schooler, Hill City. SIXTH PLACE.
126 pounds: Trevor Larson, pinned Quinton Rhoades, Casper Natrona, 1:17; def. Austin Zigray, Gillette, 4-0; lost to Justin Lewton, Worland, 4-2; lost to Jordan Moser, Rapid City Stevens, 3-1.
132 pounds: Shea Krause pinned by Russell Felicia, Chamberlain, 2:33; pinned Cody Jackson, Douglas, :59; def. Chayden Fitzsimmons, Washington, 12-11; lost to Alex Schroeberl, Sturgis, 5-1.
138 pounds: Griffin Hieb pinned Batgab Neubers, Hill City, 2:26; pinned Caleb Karrels, Sturgis, 3:41; pinned Ethan Parr, Mitchell, 1:34; Forrest Pifer, Bismarck, 4:50; won by injury default over Caleb Stoltenburg, Pierre. FIRST PLACE.